Professor

Bill Brown

University of Chicago
Area
Humanities and Arts
Specialty
Literature and Language Studies
Member Since
2018
After his book on the material unconscious of American literature, Brown's work achieved internationally-recognized authority in the field of thing theory, which he has, more than anyone, elaborated and propagated. His extensive monograph Other Things (2015) completes, in effect, a trilogy preceded by his award-winning special issue, Things (2001), for the journal he coedits, Critical Inquiry, and his influential 2003 book A Sense of Things. The Dark Wood of Postmodernity won the MLA Parker Prize in 2005. His approach to the Heideggerean object/thing dyad is widely cited in literary studies, art theory, and cultural criticism, well beyond American studies.
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